Making major strides towards decarbonisation targets, Newcastle under Lyme borough council has announced it is shifting to HVO for its truck fleet.

The Council’s Cabinet approved the proposal in September, in a major step towards reducing the level of carbon emissions across all of its services.

The switch may happen by the end of the year, creating a decrease in emissions of up to 723 tonnes, or 33%, depending on last year’s consumption.

“One of the key strands in our Sustainable Environment Strategy is to tackle the authority’s fuel usage, the largest contributor to the Council’s current carbon emissions. This is also a top priority in the new Council Plan, which lays out our aims for the next four years. Swapping to HVO is a big step and I am pleased that our environmental aims are being put into practice by our services without delay. The waste and recycling HGVs are the largest fleet of Council vehicles so this will make a huge difference.” said the Leader of the Council, Simon Tagg.

Switching to HVO has a myriad of benefits, namely, it is 100% renewable and fully biodegradable, it can reduce other emissions, such as Nitrogen Oxides and CO2 and It can be used without adjustment in vehicles with Euro 6 engines.